ISA Scholarships

The following is a list of scholarships and grants offered to students participating in one or more ISA program. Please see each scholarship description for eligibility requirements, application materials and required documents. Students selected for awards will be notified approximately six weeks after the scholarship application deadline, and a list of awardees will be posted on the ISA website.

The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Correspondent Internship Opportunity

Born in Camargo, Mexico in 1896, Carlos E. Castañeda immigrated to the United States with his family when he was in the sixth grade. Through immersion he quickly gained fluency in English and excelled in school. Orphaned at the age of 14 Carlos became the head of the household. While caring for four sisters he continued to educate himself and eventually enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin in 1917 where he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

In 1927 Dr. Castañeda returned to the University of Texas and took a position as the librarian of the Genaro García Collection. Over the next 31 years he worked to make this collection, now known as the Benson Latin American Collection, one of the world's most prestigious. An authority on early Mexican and Texan history Dr. Castañeda also became an associate professor of history.

As a testament to his early struggle and life long pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers $45,000 annually in working scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Correspondent Internship Opportunity is both a merit and financial need-based scholarship that assists students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Recipients of the Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship have the option of participating as a Castañeda Correspondent, writing about their semester abroad on the ISA Student Blog.

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Castañeda Correspondent Opportunity seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. See below for the requirements for these scholarships and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Postmark Deadlines

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

  • Fall/Year: April 30
  • Winter/Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be postmarked by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Other Information

Qualifying applicants may also apply for the ISA Diversity Scholarship; however, students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship.

Full details of the internship opportunity will be provided to scholarship recipients, but students will have the opportunity to blog, take photos and add content to the ISA Student Blog. Additionally, students may become part of the local offices abroad, based on the need of their particular ISA office.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

The Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum, a junior at Seattle University studying international business and Spanish, who was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Michaela was a very involved student who worked with her youth organization, as a camp counselor, as a resident assistant (RA), and as a work-study student in the International Office.

Michaela's experience was cut short when she tragically lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. We hope that qualifying students will be helped by this scholarship, and will do so in memory of this student who only began to realize her dream of study abroad.

The awards from this scholarship began in 2008 and $8,000 is offered annually, to be used towards ISA Summer programs. The Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarships are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students with the expenses of studying abroad during the summer terms. See below for the requirements for these scholarships and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Postmark Deadlines

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

  • Summer: February 28

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be postmarked by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Other Information

Qualifying applicants may also apply for the ISA Diversity Scholarship; however, students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

ISA Diversity Scholarship

ISA began offering this scholarship in the fall of 2008, with $10,000 in awards annually to be used towards ISA programs. The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. See below for the requirements for these scholarships and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Postmark Deadlines

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

  • Summer: February 28
  • Fall/Year: April 30
  • Winter/Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be postmarked by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Other Information

Qualifying applicants may also apply for an ISA Memorial Scholarship; however, students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

Sibling and Repeat Student Grants

ISA offers grants to students who have previously participated in an ISA or ISA Internships and Service-Learning program, regardless of the length of time (if any) that passes between the two programs.

  • $100 ISA SUMMER PROGRAM GRANT - Students who enroll in an ISA SUMMER program or an ISA Internships and Service-Learning program of 4 to 10 weeks in length after having participated previously in an ISA program of any length (not including intensive month programs) will receive a $100 grant towards the latter program.

  • $100 INTERNSHIPS AND SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAM GRANT - Students who enroll in an ISA or ISA Internships and Service-Learning program after having participated previously in an ISA Internships and Service-Learning program of at least 4 weeks will receive a $100 grant towards the latter program.

  • $350 ISA SEMESTER/TRIMESTER/YEAR/MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM GRANT - Students who participate in an ISA TRIMESTER, SEMESTER, ACADEMIC YEAR, MASTER'S DEGREE program or an ISA Service-Learning program of 12 weeks or longer after having participated previously in an ISA program of any length (not including intensive month programs), get a $350 grant towards the latter program.

  • SIBLING GRANT - Students will qualify for this $200 grant if they are the sibling of a former ISA, ISA High School, or ISA Internships and Service-Learning program student. If two siblings are simultaneously participating in an ISA program, one participant would receive the grant. ELAP participants must have participated or be participating in an ISA Internships and Service-Learning program of at least 8 weeks to be eligible for this grant.

  • GLOBAL AMBASSADOR GRANT - Active Global Ambassadors who are planning on studying abroad again with ISA will qualify for a grant of $250 for summer programs or $500 for semester, year-long or Master's Degree programs. Active GAs who are planning on studying abroad again through an Internships & Service-Learning program will qualify for a grant of $200 for Service-Learning programs that are 8-12 weeks or longer or $250 off a 10-week internship.

Disclaimer: Participants in an ISA Custom Program, Euroscholars, Short-Term Group Project or a Service-Learning Add-on program are not eligible for these grants. Students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA grant.

Kalyn Peterson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered in the memory of Kalyn Elizabeth Peterson whose life was cut tragically short in 2010. Kalyn leaves behind a legacy of promoting diversity and putting others'needs before her own. From a young age Kalyn volunteered her time at a major hospital and was involved in several other civic organizations. Recognized for her abilities to bring about the best in others, Kalyn's talents to help others less fortunate will be memorialized through the recipient of this scholarship.

The award from this scholarship began in 2011 and is offered exclusively for participants enrolled in an ISA Service-Learning program. The Kalyn Peterson Memorial Scholarships are financial need-based scholarships that assist students with the expenses of their ISA Service-Learning program abroad